From Wrigley Field in Chicago, we have the Cardinals and Cubs facing off in an NL Central matchup. First pitch for Sunday's matchup is set for 1:05 PM ET. The Cubs are favored on the money line, with their odds sitting at -132 compared to the Cardinals at +112. The over/under line is at 11 runs.

There does appear to be a chance of rain in Chicago on Sunday, with the forecasted temperature being 71 degrees. Miles Mikolas will start for the Cardinals, and he will be facing off against Jameson Taillon. The Cubs are 4th in the NL Central, while the Cardinals are 2nd.

CHICAGO CUBS VS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Chicago Cubs Moneyline -132

This game will be played at Wrigley Field at 1:05 ET on Sunday, June 16th.

HOW TO BET THE CARDINALS VS CUBS:

  • We have the Cubs winning by a score of 5 to 4
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Cardinals to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 9 runs and like the under

Chicago cruised to a 5-1 win over the Cardinals in the most recent game of this series. The Cubs had a huge 7th inning, scoring three of their five runs. As for the Cardinals, they scored their only run in the 4th. Heading into the game, the Cubs were favored at -181 on the money line.

Shota Imanaga pitched well for the Cubs in this one, going seven innings and giving up just one run. He finished the game with six strikeouts but didn't issue a walk. Andre Pallante struggled on the mound for the Cardinals, giving up five runs in just 3 1/3 innings of work.

At the plate, Ian Happ and Cody Bellinger each homered for the Cubs. Happ, Mike Tauchman, and Seiya Suzuki each had two hits and scored a run for Chicago's offense.

Cardinals Records & Stats

With a record of 34-35, the Cardinals are 2nd in the NL Central, trailing the Brewers by 6.5 games. This season, they are 8-9 in divisional matchups. St. Louis is playing game three of their series vs. the Cubs today, and their overall series record is 11-10-1.

At home, the Cardinals have gone 17-15 this season, and they are 17-20 on the road. So far, they have been good as the favorite, putting up a mark of 17-15. As the underdog at home, the Cardinals are 17-20.

When it comes to the run line, the Cardinals have been a better bet as the underdog this season, going 22-15 compared to 13-19 as the favorite. Their average run differential in winning games is +2.5, while it drops to -3.5 in losses.

Today's over/under line of 11 runs is the highest of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, whose games have averaged 8.3 runs per game this season. The Cardinals have played to the under in 69 of their 66 games this season, and their games have gone under the total in six straight contests. Their over/under record for the season is 28-38, and the average line for their games has been 8 runs.

Right-hander Miles Mikolas gets the start for the Cardinals today as he faces the Cubs on the road. He has made 14 starts this year and has a record of 4-6 with an ERA of 4.85. Mikolas' WHIP for the season is currently 1.19. In his last outing, he went seven innings, giving up no earned runs, and finished with a no-decision. Mikolas has made eight quality starts this year and is averaging 6.81 strikeouts per nine innings. For the season, he has allowed 12 home runs. Looking back at his last three outings, Mikolas has finished with a no-decision in two of them.

St. Louis has struggled to score runs this season, averaging just 3.9 runs per game, which is the worst mark in the league. They have been even worse on the road, averaging only 3.7 runs per game. As a team, the Cardinals are batting .235, which is 12th in the league, and their collective on-base percentage of .304 is 18th in the league.

Over his last five games, Brendan Donovan has gone 5/17 with two runs scored and an RBI. Nolan Arenado has also been swinging a hot bat, going 7/18 in his last five games. However, Arenado has yet to homer in that stretch. For the season, Arenado is batting .262 with six homers, while Alec Burleson has gone deep nine times while batting .272.

Cubs Records & Stats

With a record of 34-37, the Cubs are 4th in the NL Central, trailing the Brewers by 7.5 games. So far, they have gone just 9-16 in divisional matchups. The Cubs are at home today, where they are 19-14 compared to 15-23 on the road.

Chicago has dropped two straight series and their overall series record is 8-12-2 this year. As the favorite, the Cubs are 17-15 and 12-10 when favored at home. They are 4-6 over their last 10 games and are coming off a series loss to the Marlins.

When the Cubs win, they do so by an average of 2.9 runs per game, but when they lose, they lose by an average of 3.1 runs per game. Their average run differential is -0.2 runs per game, and their run line record is 35-36. They are 13-20 against the run line at home and 22-16 on the road. As the favorite, they are just 9-23 against the run line, while they are 26-13 as the underdog.

With an over/under line of 11 runs, the Cubs and Cardinals are expected to score more runs than their combined season average of 8.6. The Cubs have played 70 games with lower over/under lines than 11, and they have gone under in eight straight games.

Right-hander Jameson Taillon gets the start for the Cubs today as he faces the Cardinals at home. So far this season, he has made 10 starts and has a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 3.09. Taillon's WHIP for the season is currently 1.30. In his 10 appearances, he has turned in four quality starts and is averaging 6.51 strikeouts per nine innings. Taillon's most recent outing came vs. the Rays, where he went six innings, giving up no earned runs on four hits. He did give up one homer in that outing. Taillon has not taken a loss since May 16th.

So far this season, the Cubs offense has been pretty average in terms of scoring runs, as they are averaging 4.2 runs per game, which is 20th in the league. They have been slightly better at home, averaging 4.3 runs per game. As a team, they are batting just .227 and have the 20th ranked slugging percentage in the league. Chicago does have a good team walk rate and has the 5th fewest strikeouts in the league.

Christopher Morel is the Cubs' leader in RBIs this season, but he has really struggled at the plate, hitting just .198. Over his last five games, he has gone 3/20. However, Cody Bellinger has been swinging a hot bat, going 7/20 in his last five games with one home run and three RBIs. Bellinger is batting .268 for the season and is 2nd on the team with nine homers.